I was the wife of a US Army officer in 1957 and my husband and I were living in Germany, a few miles from Dachau. I had read about Dachau but I thought that it would be too horrible for me to visit. I had a chance to go to visit the former camp, but I declined to go. I wish now that I had gone.
To read all about Dachau, go to this section of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/index.html
This section on my website is all about the liberation of the camp: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/index.html
This page is especially interesting:
The following quote is from my website:
Two Divisions of the US Seventh Army were involved in the liberation of the Dachau main camp on April 29, 1945, and with each passing year, the argument grows more heated over which division really liberated the camp, the 42nd Infantry Division or the 45th Infantry Division. The 20th Armored Division was providing support and they are included as liberators of Dachau by the US Army. However, Japanese and African-American veterans have also made claims that their divisions or battalions liberated Dachau.